Stalking and the role of occupational therapy “you’re not living life to the full if you’re stalking”

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Wheatley, R. and Baker, S. 2022. Stalking and the role of occupational therapy “you’re not living life to the full if you’re stalking”. Journal of Criminal Psychology. 13 (2), pp. 120-135. https://doi.org/10.1108/jcp-07-2021-0028
AuthorsWheatley, R. and Baker, S.
Abstract

Purpose
This discussion paper aims to highlight the role of occupational therapy (OT) in understanding stalking and in interventions designed to assist the perpetrator to lead a more fulfilling life through healthier occupations.

Design/methodology/approach
This study highlights the role of OT in understanding stalking and in designing interventions to assist the perpetrator by extending discussions, drawing on the authors’ practitioner experiences and upon recent study findings on what drives men who stalk.

Findings
Stalking is a problem behaviour that is often effort-intense, all-consuming, emotionally driven and psychologically damaging for both victims and perpetrators. It consists of a patterned occupation of time which is overarchingly dysfunctional, yet intrinsically purposeful. As humans, our actions and occupations have meaning to us. Stalking can be conceptualised as a meaningful yet self-defeating and harmful pattern of occupations. This paper illustrates how stalking could be addressed through the additional contribution of OT to multi-agency approaches.

Research limitations/implications
This paper extends the discussion by drawing on the authors’ clinical practitioner experiences and upon recent study findings on what drives men who stalk.

Practical implications
This paper highlights the role of OT in understanding stalking and in interventions designed to assist the perpetrator to lead a more fulfilling life through healthier occupations.

Originality/value
This marriage of knowledge from OT and stalking research is set out in support of the application of OT within multi-agency approaches to working with people who stalk.

Keywordsoccupational therapy; stalking ; therapy
Year2022
JournalJournal of Criminal Psychology
Journal citation13 (2), pp. 120-135
PublisherEmerald
ISSN2009-3829
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/jcp-07-2021-0028
Web address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JCP-07-2021-0028/full/html
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Publication dates16 Aug 2022
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Accepted2022
Deposited15 Jan 2024
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